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CBK Small Grant Program

Now Accepting – Proposals for 2021 CBK Small Grants

The Foundation is now accepting applications for 2021 awards from its CBK Small Grant program. The Foundation welcomes applications for funding of projects/initiatives in one or more of the following areas: the arts, culture, nature, and the environment.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021. All applications must be submitted through an on-line Google form.

The small grant program was created in 2019 by donors of two of the Foundation’s endowment funds (the Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust). As defined by the donors, the purpose of the CBK Small Grant program is to provide funds “to groups offering programs in the arts or the understanding of our natural world. It will emphasize cross-cultural and multi-generational programs in both areas, whenever possible.”

For the 2021 CBK grant program:

● Not-for-profit organizations, government agency, and/or educational institution can apply,
● The award can be used as a contribution to an existing project/initiative OR to help start a new program/initiative.
● The Foundation plans to award at least three grants of $500 and/or $1,000 – more grants may be awarded if additional donations from the community are received.

“Like so many not-for-profit organizations, arts organizations and environment/nature groups have been particularly hard-hit because of shutdowns and cancellations of almost all in-person and live events in the state, and the likelihood that these live events won’t really come back until there is widespread treatment or a vaccine,” says Jane Harrington-Heide, the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “With CBK grants, the Foundation looks to support projects that help organizations involved in the arts, culture, nature, and the environment to move forward on their mission.”


First CBK Small Grants Awarded in 2020
During spring 2020, the following organizations were awarded $1,000 from the Creativity by Kids (CBK) Small Grant program (created in 2019 by donors of two of the Foundation’s endowment funds – the Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust).

  • Hawthorne Hollow (through the Hyslop Foundation) for its Mother Nature and Me initiative
  • Kenosha Public Library for the Nature Play Plus program of StoryWalks
  • Anchor Press, Paper & Print (AP3) – formerly known as the Center for Collaborative Research – for its Press on Wheels Outreach initiative

  • In addition, thanks to donations from a group of generous donors, a fourth 2020 CBK Small Grant program applicant, Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace, received a $1,000 gift.

    According to Ruth Clark (who with her husband Tom established the Clark-Barber Family Fund), “this year’s awardees hit all the ‘sweet spot’ as to what CBK Small Grant program is hoping to support. All four organizations are able to offer programs that combine arts and culture, interact with nature and the environment, and have a focus on serving youth.”

    Purpose of the CBK Small Grant Program
    The purpose of the CBK Small Grant program is to provide funds “to groups offering programs in the arts or the understanding of our natural world. It will emphasize cross-cultural and multi-generational programs in both areas, whenever possible.”

    Based on these criteria, the Foundation welcomes requests for funding for projects/initiatives in one or more of the following areas: the arts, culture, nature, and the environment:

    • The award can be used as a contribution to an existing project/initiative or to help start a new program/initiative.
    • Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and/or educational institutions are welcome to apply.

    Source of the CBK Small Grant Program
    Funds for the CBK Grant program are derived from income from the Foundation’s Clark-Barber Family Fund and the Kubasiewicz Family Trust endowments:

  • The Clark-Barber Family Fund endowment was established in 2017 by Kenosha residents Tom and Ruth Barber Clark. NOTE: Mr. Clark – an artist and educator – created the picasette plaque that is used as the logo for the CBK Grant program.
  • The Kubasiewicz Family Trust endowment, established in 2012 by Salem Lakes resident Tom Targos in honor of his late mother Irene Kubasiewicz Targos, has previous funded grants to not-for-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha and the LGBT Center of Southeastern Wisconsin.
  • The donors designed the program to support existing initiatives in the arts, culture, nature and the environment as well as a seed for new and experimental projects in these areas.